Government has decided to make registration of marriages compulsory in a bid to prevent harassment of women. This was stated by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a written reply in the Lok Sabha yesterday.

However, Mr Prasad said, as of now there is no proposal to link Aadhaar for the registration of Marriage. He said, in order to provide evidentiary value to matrimonial and maintenance cases, the Ministry has decided to provide compulsory registration of marriages.

Mr Singh pointed out that in 2006, Supreme Court had directed that registration of marriages should be compulsory for all citizens, irrespective of their religion.The Law Commission had recently told the government that compulsory registration of marriages will help prevent marriage frauds and protect the women. It had also made it clear that there was no need to amend the personal laws dealing with marriages.

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